Why humans love pie charts

Link: https://blog.usejournal.com/why-humans-love-pie-charts-9cd346000bdc



We might think of the pie chart as a fairly recent invention, with arguably more flaws than benefits, in regards to the statistical portrayal of data. However, if we look deep into history we realize this popular chart is only a recent manifestation of an ancient visual motif that carried meaning to numerous civilizations over space and time. A graphical construct of radiating lines enclosed by a circle, this motif is also a powerful perceptual recipe. If we look deep into ourselves we uncover a strong proclivity for such a visual pattern, despite the final message it might carry. As one of the oldest archetypes of the circular diagram, the sectioned circle will certainly outlast all of us, and indifferent to criticism, I suspect, so will the pie chart.

Author(s): Manuel Lima

Publication Date: 23 July 2018

Publication Site: Noteworthy – the Journal blog

My Alignment Chart of Charts

Link: https://www.makeit-makesense.com/data/my-alignment-chart-of-charts



For this specific application, when I think of lawfulness, I am going to mainly assess the likelihood to be misused. And for good versus evil, I’ll be looking at how well they can typically help the user understand the data. 

Lawful Good: Bar Chart 

This is the best alignment you can be. In traditional use, lawful good applies to people that both follow the rules and help others. Here I’m applying it to a chart that I think is often used well and is easy to read. Name a better liked and more used chart than the bar chart – you can’t. 10/10 analysts would recommend. 

Author: Autumn Battani

Publication Date: 30 January 2021

Publication Site: Make It Make Sense